“You deserve more than applause, you deserve the Clap!”
|PC Minimum System Requirements|
|Windows 3.1 or Win95|
|8MB of RAM|
|16MB Free Hard Disk Space|
|Sound Blaster 16 or Compatible|
|640×480 with 256 Colors|
Who was the Green Hornet’s sidekick? Princess Leia is to Cinnamon Buns as
Buckwheat is to what? Think you know the answer? Then buzz in and earn
the big money. If you thought those questions were weird, than you haven’t
experience a Fiber Optic Field Trip. Whoa, funky . . .
No, this is not MTV’s response to Jeopardy, this is You Don’t
Know Jack XL, brought to you by the fine folks at Berkeley Systems.
Berkeley Systems? Yup, they don’t just make screen savers anymore. They
blasted their way onto the game market with the original You Don’t Know
Jack last year. After the great success of the original, the designers’
heads swelled, and so did the game. You Don’t Know Jack XL combines
both the original 800 questions, plus the 400 bonus questions of the You
Don’t Know Jack Question Pack. If math isn’t your strong suit, that’s
1200 questions for your entertaining pleasure.
With a Max of 21 questions a game, it takes a long time to encounter a repeat.
Each round, one player picks a category. A multiple-choice question is
then asked, out loud, and you are given time to buzz in. Just like
Jeopardy, if you buzz in and get the question right, you win that
dollar amount. If you get it wrong, you lose that much money, and the
other players get the chance to answer the question. The categories range
from interesting to just plain bizarre, such as Bestiality and Cartoon
Characters or The Wrath of God & Sound Insurance Planning. With
questions about Welcome Back, Kotter and Sanford and Son, the
more time you’ve spent learning useless information, the better you’ll be
at this game!
That covers the normal questions, now we get really weird. Fiber Optic
Field Trips happen when you least expect it. Yes, through the miracle
of modern technology, a CD-ROM game, with absolutely no connection to a
phone, calls up people in random cities and has them ask a question. These
only happen once in awhile, but are immensely entertaining. Gibberish
Questions are another random factor that occurs one to three times a
game. You have to decipher a famous saying from a gibberish phrase that
rhymes with it. “Quelp, jive gollen, man pie rant smet pup!” becomes
“Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Get the idea?
After the first twenty questions, you enter the final round, the Jack
Attack. You have to match two words together as they fly past the
screen, but they must fit the clue at the start of the round. A battle of
wits and reflexes, the Jack Attack settles the game most of the
With spoken dialogue on every questions and “commercials” that run before
and after the game, the designers really put a lot of time in this game.
You Don’t Know Jack XL is the perfect party game for people who
loved Trivial Pursuit. With a great sense of humor and over a
thousand questions, this game will last a long time before you get bored.
Unfortunately, the game is not quite as much fun on your own. Having no
computer players, the lonely gamer must play with himself(and don’t think
the game won’t bag on you!).